Washington Hikes: Talus Loop Trail

The stars finally aligned again last weekend and we were able to head outdoors to enjoy some more trail time Saturday morning. We had a few other plans Saturday afternoon so we decided to stick with a reasonable morning hike near Snoqualmie and North Bend, which is only about an hour drive from our home. …

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Washington Tulip Festival and Fields

Among the many things I didn’t know about Washington until we moved here: Skagit County is home to a significant array of tulip and daffodil fields! The annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is a major spring event each year that draws thousands of people from across the country to see the amazing fields in bloom …

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Travel 2018: Weekend Warriors

I know we're already through the first quarter of 2018, but it's taken me that long to organize our major travel plans for this year. Not that other things won't pop up along the way, but I usually like to head into a new year with a good idea of our time off/holiday schedules, important …

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Washington Hikes: Sugarloaf and Mount Erie

Last Friday after dinner, I spent some time looking through my 'backpack' on the Washington Trails Association website to see what local hikes I had saved. There were a couple within an hour or so drive from our house that we were considering, but while I was opting for those with some mileage, Brian was …

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Breweries and Bands in Port Townsend

There are so many things we enjoy doing during our travels—from trying new foods to exploring the outdoors to learning local history and more. One way we love to experience a place is by finding the local music scene. Whether it’s in our own back yard or in another country, stumbling upon live music and …

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A Morning in Port Townsend

Due to Brian’s crazy travel schedule, we ended up piecing together several experiences throughout the month of September to celebrate our fourth wedding anniversary. One of those getaways took place the weekend following our anniversary, which we spent exploring Port Townsend and the northeastern tip of the Olympic Peninsula. Although billed as a weekend getaway, …

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Sandcastles and Sea Views in Long Beach, Washington

When my mom mentioned that there was some sort of sandcastle building competition held in Washington each year, I had a couple of reactions. First, I had a hard time believing there was a beach somewhere in the state that offered enough viable sand for this activity. While I love the rugged Pacific Northwest coast, …

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Winter Weekend in Friday Harbor

Fall is my favorite season, and it always seems to fly by in a whirlwind of activities-- tons of family and friend birthdays and anniversaries, several holidays, hunting season, and the general flurry at work as everyone prepares for a strong ending to the fiscal year. As much as I love the beautiful and crisp …

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